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Doctor insights on: How Many People Have Actually Died From Gastric Bypass Surgery Or Complications From It

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Can you let me know how many people have actually died from gastric bypass surgery or complications from it ?

Can you let me know how many people have actually died from gastric bypass surgery or complications from it ?

Less than 0.5%: One thing to keep in mind with patients who are morbidly obese is they are at increased risk from any type of surgery, not just bypass. The longitudinal assessment of bariatric surgery or labs study showed that bypass surgery in the morbidly obese, in an experienced program carries a low risk of morbidity and mortality. Mortality& morbidity is actually higher in heart and hip surgery in the obese. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more


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Can you avoid complications after gastric bypass surgery?

Can you avoid complications after gastric bypass surgery?

Nothing's perfect.: You can minimize the chances of surgery by picking an experienced surgeon and losing weight before your operation as best you can. But surgery is imperfect and you can't completely eliminate risk. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

Every operation: Has potential risks versus potential benefits. Your surgeon goes through a complex decision tree whenever he sees a patient for possible surgery. If your potential risks outweigh the potential benefits, he will not perform any operation. Go see a surgeon, he can figure it out for you. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

Depends: You must be obese to consider.

Other risks include smoking, hypertension,
sedentary status, mental health, attitude, compliance with instructions and meds. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a 13 year old able to get a gastric bypass surgery without too many complications?

I was wondering is a 13 year old able to get a gastric bypass surgery without too many complications?

Diet/exercise: I think 13 years old is too young to undergo gastric bypass surgery. A better option is diet modification and exercise. Too young to be able to deal with the dietary changes after bypass surgery. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some complications of gastric bypass surgery?

I was wondering what are some complications of gastric bypass surgery?

Complications: The worst complication is a leak which occurs 3% of the time nationwide (but about .5% of the time if you go a very experienced surgeon). Bleeding, infection, bowel obstruction, anesthesia complications are others, and these typically occur at 1% or less of the time. It is a safe operation, but go to someone that has done thousands of them. For example, my group has done over 5000. ...Read more

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Do foods actually taste different to a person after gastric bypass surgery?

Some say yes: I have patients tell me frequently that things that uses to taste good before surgery no longer do. Some say things actually taste different. I agree it is probably more a different preference. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

Is it possible to have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

Hepatitis C: Yes if you don't have active liver disease like acute hepatitis or cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about repeat gastric bypass surgery?

Can you tell me about repeat gastric bypass surgery?

Revision of bypass: Well, it's called a revision of a gastric bypass and it can involve making the pouch smaller, making the anastomosis smaller, or both. Occasionally, a lap band can even be placed around the gastric pouch too. The risks of a leak are much higher in a revision than during the initial gastric bypass and that is important to understand. Also, wt loss is less after revisions. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?

How long is recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?

Recovery time: About 2 weeks before you would return to a desk job. No strenuous activity for about 6 weeks. After that you can do whatever you want. ...Read more

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Tips on caring for my baby after gastric bypass surgery?

Only : Precaution i can give is to avoid any heavy lifting or straining for 6 weeks after surgery. Otherwise enjoy your baby. ...Read more

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Why has the rate of gastric bypass surgery increased so drastically in recent years?

Why has the rate of gastric bypass surgery increased so drastically in recent years?

Quick fix: People are generally looking for the fastest way to do something, requiring the least amount of effort and time. Like any other weight loss surgery, over time, you can find a way to beat it. Losing weight the old fashioned way, diet, exercise, and life style modification is the long term way to success. ...Read more

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I really want to lose 100 pounds -120 lbs. I want to consider gastric bypass surgery. Its questionable thoe. Scared :( pros n cons of it? Help me

I really want to lose 100 pounds -120 lbs. I want to consider gastric bypass surgery. Its questionable thoe. Scared :( pros n cons of it? Help me

The Good and bad: Gastric bypass is effective but it's a rather complicated surgery and requires lifestyle commitment to healthy eating and exercise. It's not a guarantee to lose weight but an effective procedure for one who is ready for the change. Surgery potentially could have complications post op and you're at risk of malabsorption so need to take vitamins daily &most importantly take protein 60+grams daily. ...Read more

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Why do overweight people get gastric bypass surgery?

Several reasons : Gastric bypass can help obese patients lose weight and also get rid of associated problems such as type 2 diabetes. There are several other types of procedures for weight loss, but this one works in two ways. It is restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning the stomach is smaller and also the digestive tract is shorter. ...Read more

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What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

Chew calcium citrate: Calcium citrate is the form best absorbed after a gastric bypass. Make sure it's a chewable form, and that you chew it thoroughly. Since iron, magnesium, and calcium all "fight" to be absorbed in the small intestine, please space these minerals at least 1 hour apart. Not taking calcium (2000 mg a day = two 500-600 mg tablets twice a day) will rob your bones of calcium and give you osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat. ...Read more

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Is it bad for my healthto smoke weed 7 months after having a gastric bypass surgery?

Which variety?: Cannabis sativa, indica or ruberalis? Sativa extract increases hunger and is used pharmacologically to treat the wasting syndrome associated with hiv/aids. The others induce euphoria but do not stimulate hunger, at least according to wikipedia. The underlying reason you needed gastric bypass is likely due to Insulin resistance, better to treat that first. Exercise regularly and avoid simple carbs. ...Read more

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What is weightloss-gastric bypass surgery like?

What is weightloss-gastric bypass surgery like?

Gastric bypass : Well, i've done a few thousand, and the only regret i here patients say is that they wish they had done it sooner. People are often back to work at 2 weeks after surgery. I just saw a 19yo patient who is 9 months out and went from 255lbs to 155lbs. She was crying because she is so happy with her weight loss and how good she feels. It's hard work, and not a magic bullet, but you will be happy. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus and get gastric bypass surgery?

Maybe: It really depends on a number of factors. The major factor is the state of your lupus. How well controlled is your disease and do you have significant kidney or neurologic manifestations. Your rheumatologist can help determine if you are a surgical candidate and if the advantages of this surgery outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Do you recommend roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: Yes. It may not be the best choice for everyone, the the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is also the best operation for patients with diabetes, heartburn/reflux, large hiatal hernias, or are very obese (bmi over 50). It should only be done by an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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How are lap band and gastric bypass surgery different?

Malabsorption: The lap band is a device placed to make the stomach seem smaller thus allowing you to eat less and feel satisfied. With the bypass, a surgeon creates a smaller stomach by cutting which has a similar effect. Additionally, the intestines are cut and rerouted so that the upper segment is "bypassed". This decreases the absorption of food which leads to faster and relatively easier weight loss. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Can you tell me about roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: The the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is also the best operation for patients with diabetes, heartburn/reflux, large hiatal hernias, or are very obese (bmi over 50). It should only be done by an experienced gastric bypass surgeon. The sleeve is a close second. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass surgery safe for people that are obese?

Is gastric bypass surgery safe for people that are obese?

Yes: The laparoscopic approach has greatly reduced the risks associated with gastric bypass. In experienced hands, the 30 day mortality rate is around 0.13%, with a leak rate less than 0.2%. Overall, the complication rate is lower than many other procedures such as hip or colon surgery. There can be significant nutritional deficiencies, which can be minimized by regular follow-up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you have gastric bypass surgery if you have celaic and lupus?

Celiac and lupus: Not if you are currently suffering from symptoms of both. However, if both are well controlled and not bothering you, weight loss surgery can be performed safely. I would not undergo surgery if you have active disease though. ...Read more

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Can diet pills or gastric bypass surgery help me lose most weight?

Can diet pills or gastric bypass surgery help me lose most weight?

Gastric bypass: All forms of weight loss surgery: lap band - gastric bypass do better for weight loss than any medicine. ...Read more

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When are you a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery when obese?

When are you a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery when obese?

Candidate for bypass: For either band, bypass, or sleeve: 80-100 pounds overweight. Gastric bypass is preferable when there is significant heartburn (reflux), diabetics on insulin, or severe obesity (bmi > 50). The sleeve and band are generally avoided with significant heartburn problems. All procedures can really help with joint problems, hypertension, high cholesterol. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

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